Clerkenwell

Clerkenwell Area Guide


Named after an ancient well that was rediscovered in the 1920s, Clerkenwell in the outskirts of the City has always been a fashionable residential location. Oliver Cromwell lived here, and during the 18th century, it was a popular spa area for the rich and famous. That air of elegance has stayed and today Clerkenwell is a highly desirable area with some excellent residential property on offer.

The most highly sought-after are those close to Clerkenwell Green, which despite its name has a noticeable lack of anything green at all! However, it is an incredibly historical centre and is still home to the original ‘village’ church. The location does still feel like a village, which is why Clerkenwell is so popular with creatives and was home to the media industry for many years.

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It’s also popular with free thinkers, and there are claims that Lenin and Starlin first met in the Crown and Anchor pub on Clerkenwell Green in 1903. Today, things are a little less radical, but there are plenty of unique and characterful pubs, restaurants and bars in and around Clerkenwell Green. If you rent a property in Clerkenwell, you’re never far from a pub. It’s also known as London’s ‘Little Italy’ so if you love Italian food you’re in the right place.